This Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Technical Paper on Technologies, Policies, and Measures for Mitigating Climate Change was produced in response to a request from the Ad Hoc Group on the Berlin Mandate (AGBM) of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

The Technical Papers are initiated either at the request of the bodies of the COP or by the IPCC. They are based on the material already in the IPCC assessment reports and special reports and are written by Lead Authors chosen for the purpose. They undergo a simultaneous expert and government review and a subsequent final government review. The Bureau of the IPCC acts in the capacity of an editorial board to ensure that the review comments are adequately addressed by the Lead Authors in the finalization of the Technical Paper.

The Bureau met in its Eleventh Session (Geneva, 7-8 November 1996) and considered the major comments received during the final government review. In the light of its observations and request, the Lead Authors finalized the Technical Paper. The Bureau expressed satisfaction that they had followed the agreed Procedures and authorized the release of the Paper to the AGBM and thereafter publicly.

We owe a debt of large gratitude to the Lead Authors who gave of their time very generously and who completed the Paper at short notice and according to schedule. We thank the Co-Chairmen of Working Group II of the IPCC, Drs. R.T. Watson and M.C. Zinyowera who oversaw the effort and the Bureau of the Working Group and particularly Dr. Richard Moss, the Head of the Technical Support Unit of the Working Group, for their insistence on adhering to quality and timeliness.

B. Bolin
Chairman of the IPCC

N. Sundararaman
Secretary of the IPCC

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